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Sunshine On My Shoulder

Y’all, guess what????????????? I f*cking won something!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s right, your eyes are now lucky enough to be reading the words of a Sunshine Blogger Award winning writer.

I know what you’re thinking… sunshine? Weekes? She hates the sun and being hot. And is a very negative person with a cloudy outlook who laughs in the gormless face of optimism.

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But y’all, it’s not about that!

Okay, so I can’t really tell you what it is about (because I don’t, in honesty, quite know)… except that the wonderful KTC thinks I am funny and therefore has nominated the humble Daze & Weekes to SHINE!

Before I answer any of her questions, though, allow me to tell you guys a little bit about KTC. You see, she first came to me because, incredibly, she is related to like all the people I have so far discussed in my Medieval herstory posts.

[stage whisper] She’s royalty!

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I wonder if she’s related to the Prince of Aldovia?

I love her historical posts about the women in her family (Phenomenal Women). And I really related to Family Food History about her familial food associations (made me super emosh!). And also really appreciate her eloquent, thoughtful, and intelligent take on sociopolitical issues–it’s like she read my mind when she wroteย March On, March On.

Despite being a lowly peasant who has mocked her ancestors and defiled their noble images with scribbles, KTC has benevolently stuck with me and forgiven my brazen behaviour time and again. THANK YOU, YOUR ROYAL HIGHNESS.

And now, to answer her questions!

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?

Well, let’s see. I guess I’ll confess that this isn’t my first rodeo. Before the birth of Daze & Weekes, I had dabbled in 4 other blogs. None of them were in the WordPress universe and all of them were comprised of short (non)fiction/poetry–sort of 4 different book ideas with the posts as separate chapters. So, very different from what you see here… and really not super blog-conducive, I guess.

I started D&W in a desperate attempt keep up my writing while adding some colour to a grey office job. I guess you could say that I was inspired by the divine muse of Poowich. Unlike the other blogs, I decided to follow the vein of the humour columns I used to write for my university’s newspaper.

2. What is your favorite article on your blog?

Epppp that’s a hard one (so I will proceed to defy this question and name a billion of them)! I’m fond of some of the early ones that have about 10 views each but crack me up, such as: Trolley Service and 8 Best Hotspots on Route 53. I also think 8 Ways My Husband Is Not Like Ross Poldark is pretty funny if you watch Poldark!

I also really enjoyed telling you guys about Momento Mori, Julian of Norwich, and Vinegar Valentines.

The Cover Letter and The Group Interview really helped me vent my job hunt frustration into humour, so I am really grateful to those posts.

But the two that resonated most truthfully with me were On a Serious Note: A Defence of Artists and Depression: A Hypothetical. The D word tends to make people squeamish, as addressed by the premise/conceit of that post, but it’s something that I live with and am glad to be able to express.

3. If you could have dinner with one of your ancestors, who would it be?

Hmmmm probably my great aunt who was in an insane asylum with Zelda Fitzgerald? And I think it burnt down? But, I don’t really know enough about my ancestors to know if there are some better, more interesting ones I’d be missing out on!

4. What ancestor would you most like to toss out of your family tree?

Again, I definitely don’t know enough about my ancestors to disown one of them… I guess if there was a serial killer somewhere along the way, I’d toss him?

5. If you could go back in time, when and where would you travel?

Well, I mean, of course Victorian England. But, like, not as a scullery maid. Although it would be tough, I’d like make my mark on the Victorian stage and be my own master. OR be a wealthy lady and spend my time enjoying all my useless skills and gentile accomplishments. OR if I had to be a scullery maid, to have some sort of passionate affair that inspires art and poetry and music… and die quickly and beautifully of consumption.

Now I’ve gotta pass the love along and nominate another blogger. And I’d like to nominate Frank Hudson, and draw your attention to his Parlando Project. For the project, incredibly, Frank (and his band) have created nearly 200 audio pieces that correspond with a wide range of poems (all written by other people). The pieces respond both to the text (used as lyrics) as well as their emotional and intellectual interpretations of the poems. Frank’s blog includes explanations of process as well as a general discussion of his relationship with the particular poem he is presenting. Visiting Frank’s blog is like being back at university and sitting around with my fellow English majors discussing life and lit. I love being reminded of poems I know and introduced to others I don’t… as well as being encouraged to use some too long dormant analytical muscles. I highly recommend it!

Please give Frank’s blog a visit, where hopefully he will answer the questions (a bit tweaked) I shall now pose for him:

  1. What inspired you to start blogging?
  2. What is your favourite post on your blog?
  3. Who are the top 3 bands/musicians that most inspire and influence you as a musician?
  4. If you could have a drink with any poet (alive or dead), who would it be?
  5. If you could go back in time, when and where would you travel?

And to Frank, if you choose to accept this well-deserved Sunshine Blogger Award, here are a few steps you should follow so that all devoted bloggers out there are recognised:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post.
  • Answer the questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate new blogs to receive the award and ask them questions about their blog and/or themselves.

I’ll be back to regularly scheduled programming next week. Until then…


24 thoughts on “Sunshine On My Shoulder Leave a comment

  1. [stage whisper] “Sheโ€™s royalty!” I seriously should never, ever take a drink of tea before reading your posts…EVER! I just snorted Darjeeling. Most definitely unroyal of me… Of course, I have plenty of pauper predecessors, which explains my utter absence of tea-sipping skills. Ah well, decorum be damned! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Enough about me: I must repeat, your nomination was completely deserved. Whether you consider yourself a sunny person or not, your posts bring smiles to those of us lucky enough to read them. You spread sunshine through your humor and irreverence. For that, I say thank you.

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    • Hahaha sorry about the tea – you should know better by now! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you so much for your kind words. It means so much to me to know that I’m making people laugh – that’s why I love playing comedic roles on stage. But unlike with acting, with writing you don’t get the instant gratification of hearing the laugh, so it’s great to know that you’ve occasionally remotely hit your mark! Thank you again for the nomination and for all your support and encouragement. You’re the best!

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    • Awwww that is so nice of you to say, Shirley!! It really makes me feel so good to make people laugh… and usually leads to further hilarious comments from other awesome bloggers such as yourself! Thank you for spreading your sunshine ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Oh gee, thanks so much for the notice/nomination! I so appreciate it. And on behalf of the poets and writers whose words I get to breathe, and Dave Moore who’s words and keyboards have helped make it possible, I accept.

    I saw this just before going to sleep last night, and mused a bit about answers to the questions while drifting off on what was Wednesday night. Today, Thursday, is usually a work day for the compositions/blog, so I’ll readjust the plans for today to fulfill the Sunshine Award conditions.

    If anyone is visiting the Parlando Project blog thanks to this, a bit of notice: I have promised from the start as varied a product as Dave and I can produce. This means that any one or two audio pieces or blog posts you might sample may not be like the next one or two you The posts I’ve mad most recently are not particularly representative (other than, well, variety!)–so feel free to click around in the archives a bit,

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    • You are very welcome! I do hope it will help to drive a little well-deserved traffic your site and get the word out. Haha I hope I haven’t thrown your writing schedule out of whack, but I look forward to reading your answers! And I’ve got you all followed on Spotify now too, so I hope to catch up on some audio pieces on my commute.


  3. Wooooohooooo! Congratulations… A richly deserved award, AND I got to catch up on a few early D&W gems that I hadn’t read before, too! I’ll be sure to check out Frank’s blog – it sounds super-interesting – and I really must swing back by KTC’s again, it’s been a while. Enjoy the spoils of your victory, Weekes! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. You know, i was thinking the very same thing (“who in the world would give out something called a Sunshine Award to Weekes?”) when I saw your post on Twitter. No offense, but I know, like me, your attitudes veer more toward snarky cynicism than sparkly rainbows. I mean look at what you’ve done to the perfect image of the lovely unicorn in the unicorn porn scandal you exposed recently. Magical creatures? No, horny little honey droppers is all they are to me now. Annnnnyway, congrats on the recognition. Now I need to go check out the world of KTC and Frank.

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    • Hahaha I’m sorry I’ve ruined the unicorns for you… but my duty to keep the public informed is important work. I’m also sorry that I possibly accidentally cursed your plants and caused winter to visit your garden again through the power of pessimistic suggestion. If it makes you feel better, it is pouring down snow today in London! Sunshine where are yoooooou????

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